TikTok is hard at work trying to prevent the circulation of a graphic video that shows a man dying by suicide, but its efforts are being prevented by users who are continuing to re-upload the video.
Those who have unfortunately witnessed it on the platform attest that the clip starts with a man with a gray beard sitting at a desk. When it was added to the platform at the weekend, TikTok algorithms, unaware of its disturbing content, included it on the apps For You discovery feed.
While many TikTok users have been posting messages warning others not to play the video if they see it in the For You feed, others have been trying to trick people into watching it by placing the clip within an innocent-looking video.
TikTok has confirmed the incident and says it is working to remove the suicide video from its platform. Part of the effort includes banning accounts that re-upload the clip, it said.
“Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide,” a TikTok spokesperson said, “We are banning accounts that repeatedly try to upload clips, and we appreciate our community members who’ve reported content and warned others against watching, engaging or sharing such videos on any platform out of respect for the person and their family.”
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